Bridgeway Program – Grades 7, 8, 9 (under 16 years of age)
The Bridgeway Program is for students in Grades 7-9 (under 16 years of age). Bridgeway involves an adapted academic program, as well as life, social skills, work training & applied work opportunities. The goal for students is to work on specific behavioural goals so they can transition back to their home school. Bridgeway runs Monday through Friday from 9:25 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.
Jr. Alternate Program – Grades 8 & 9 (under 16 years of age)
The Junior Alternate Program is designed for students who have had difficulty adjusting to standard mainstream school schedules and/or student expectations. Academic learning is the primary focus of this program as students receive close teacher and educational assistant support as they work through their own self-paced personal curriculum. Additional opportunities in this program include work training opportunities for interested students. The Jr. Alternate Program requires students to attend half day instruction Monday through Friday between 12:25 pm and 2:55 pm.
Senior Alternate Program – Grades 10, 11, 12 (16 to 19 years of age)
The Senior Alternate Program is designed for students who have difficulty adjusting to standard mainstream school schedules and/or student expectations. Students in this program receive close teacher and educational assistant support as they work through their own personal curriculum at their own pace. Completing a Dogwood Diploma, Adult Grad Diploma or School Completion Certificate provides students with the opportunity for post-secondary placement or employment opportunities within our community or abroad. The Senior Alternate Program requires students to attend half day instruction in either the morning or afternoon time periods Monday through Friday between 9:25 am to 11:55 pm and 12:25 pm and 2:55 pm.
The Sandwick Technical Education Project (STEP) is designed to provide students with a realistic work environment. Students will cover the following WorkSafe topics:
* Lifting to save your back * Ladder safety
* Fall arrest * WHMIS
* Lockout * Employer expectations
The STEP Program is open to all students in gr. 10-12. It is directed toward those who plan to pursue a career in the trades industry. STEP will give students some background skills before entering a trade, and will give them an idea of what a work day will look like. Students must commit to 6 days for this program (1 day a week over 6 weeks). Students are asked to bring a lunch, appropriate dress for work and a positive attitude.
GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is a club that meets every two weeks over the lunch hour. It is a safe space available to all students -- students who identify as LGBTQ, allies, or students who simply want to learn more. Snacks and refreshments provided.
Riding The Wave: Managing Intense Emotions
Small group work for students with a focus on breaking down the stigma of mental health and on personal skill development; based on Anxiety BC's curriculum. Support will be available for both morning and afternoon sessions.
Talking circles are held monthly after break for morning and afternoon students who wish to attend. The circles are facilitated by our Indigenous Support Worker and school counselor with a guest speaker invited to present a short topic alternating between Indigenous perspectives and mental health awareness. Students are invited to share their opinions and experiences to learn from each other as a group.
Changing It Up
This group is appropriate for older students (grades 10-12) who have some motivation to make changes around their substance use, such as abstinence, reducing use, or harm reduction. The participants may struggle with mental health issues, past and current trauma, and relationship challenges. Also, they may be impacted by others' substance use.
The participants' goals may include the following: to quit use of some or all substances, to abstain from use at school, to reduce frequency and quantity of use, and to find strategies for harm reduction or to reduce risk to themselves. Past participants in similar groups have reported other life areas have improved for them including school achievement/connection, relationships, emotional health, and physical health. Several youth have told us over the years that the groups have been a "lifeline" for them, helping them to stay connected at school and to go on to graduate/complete school.